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The message was delivered just before the start of the wrestling match, and it was loud enough that both the girl and her mother heard every word.

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The message was delivered just before the start of the wrestling match, and it was loud enough that both the girl and her mother heard every word. Sydney Petzinger, then 12, was about to compete for a tournament title, and the opposing coach wanted to make it clear what he thought about a girl wrestling against a boy.

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Even now, several years later, Ronnie Petzinger gets choked up at the memory of how her daughter was treated. But, when she gets to the end of the story, the proud mother can’t hide the satisfaction in her voice as she explains what happened in that match.

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New Jersey’s first girls’ wrestling season begins this week, and interest at one school has exploded

Abby Vance took an odd path to an unusual place: She went from the football field to the wrestling mat.

A senior at Kingsway Regional High School, Vance played in the Powder Puff football game, an annual non-tackle battle between girls in the junior and senior classes, and starred as a linebacker racing from sideline to sideline for the 12th-grade squad.

‘The coach saw how athletic and aggressive I was, and he was like, ‘You totally should come out for wrestling,’ ‘ Vance said.

The 17-year-old signed up for the sport on a whim, took the mat for the first time earlier this month, and now is part of a remarkable wave of interest in girls’ wrestling at the school in Woolwich Township, Gloucester County.

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Montclair Wrestling: MHS sees participation surge after solid first year under Kline

Second year Montclair High School wrestling coach Eugene Kline came into the job last season hoping to rebuild a program with numbers that had fallen off a bit.

‘My goal when I got here was to have 40 ‘kids and last year I had 40 interested, but I only finished with about 15 kids, to be honest,’ Kline said in between drills at a recent practice. ‘And I’m excluding kids that were hurt from a certain point in the season and didn’t finish out. So, kids actively wrestling was about 15.’

While the numbers for his first season fell a bit short of where he was aiming, Kline has seen a vast increase so far this year.

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Young Champions: Local girls represent in a male dominated sport

“When I was growing up girl wrestling was non-existent and very rare. It was kind of looked down upon a little bit because girls wrestling, it’s a boy’s sport, girls wrestling was not welcomed,’ said Marco Toledo, head coach of Gold Getters wrestling.

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“There were no girls there were just boys and I was like oh time to spice things up because why not,’ said Emma Wilson, a 11-year-old wrestler.

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“Because boys are stronger than you but when you get as strong as them it’s the same amount,’ said Alohna Lewis, a 6-year-old wrestler.

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NJSIAA Approves Girls Wrestling as an Interscholastic Sport; Morristown Athletic Director and Coaches Weigh In

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ — The NJSIAA’approved girls wrestling as an interscholastic sport on Wednesday, according to an announcement on its Twitter feed.

In Morristown,’wrestling is offered as a youth recreation sport as well as at the middle and high school level.

“I think this is great offering another sport to our young ladies”, said Morristown High School Athletic Director Smitty Horton. “I do not know what the interest level will be to start but we will be happy to have females on our team”.Sign Up for E-News

According to Frelinghuysen’Middle School wrestling Coach Bryan Manahan, female wrestlers at the middle school level are nothing new and although wrestling season hasn’t begun, he anticipates that there will be’girl wrestlers’on the FMS team.’

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